Tuncay Sanli's second-half header kept the pressure on struggling Wigan as Stoke made off with a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
The Latics took an early lead when Paul Scharner connected with Charles N'Zogbia's wonderfully-flighted free-kick in the 14th minute.
But Tuncay rose to head home Matthew Etherington's cross 16 minutes from time to ensure it finished honours even.
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